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Homes among the pines

PLAN’s newest preserve located within conservation subdivision

The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve consists of uplands, wetlands and woods. It also contains the Meadow Vista housing development, a 21-unit project sitting on a city conservation subdivision zone contains more than 50 percent open space. The more than one mile of preserve trails are open to the public.

The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve consists of uplands, wetlands and woods. It also contains the Meadow Vista housing development, a 21-unit project sitting on a city conservation subdivision zone contains more than 50 percent open space. The more than one mile of preserve trails are open to the public. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— The preserve project got underway about six years ago after many developers opted out of buying the property. Corey Lewandowski of Charlew Builders, however, said he had a clear vision for the property when he saw it. And he added that there will be more like it to follow.

“You will find this in every (development) in the future,” said Lewandowski. “Getting the proper density and the proper price point so the developer can still be profitable is key.”

The average price for a home at Meadow Vista is $400,000. There are 21 units in the development, with 17 under contract.

Lewandowski added trends in the housing industry point to land preservation being a driving force in the future. While he has proposed the concept in other towns, he said that they haven’t been quite as receiving as the Spa City.

Joy Bixby bought a home in the Meadow Vista in July, and is glad she did.

“I’m so excited, I can go out my backyard and (go on) this wonderful trail system. The tall trees here are absolutely breathtaking, and it’s so quiet,” said Bixby.

Proponent say keeping land open and offering it for public access has may benefits. It provides for recreation while retaining wildlife habitats. The preserve also includes many wetlands, which should help protect the water quality of Rowland Hollow Creek itself.

“Rowland Creek flows into Geyser Creek a mile south of the site through Spa Park and connects with the Kaydeross, Saratoga Lake and ultimately the Hudson River,” said Andy Fyfe, stewardship director of Saratoga PLAN.

Fyfe added PLAN is more needed than ever with economic forces affecting municipalities.

“It has to be the way (of future preservation),” said Fyfe.

The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve, he said, is not an isolated island but rather part of a long-term vision a countywide trail system that hasn’t been updated since 2002.

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